Just because you had your heart broken doesn’t mean you didn’t have fun at the dance.
On Friday evening, the Lebanon Valley College women’s basketball squad dropped a heartbreaker in its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division Three tournament. Kacie Mills’ lay-in with three seconds left lifted Medaille to a 64-63 victory over the Flying Dutchmen, in an opening round game of the tournament played at Marymount College in Arlington, VA.
Two Eryn Schultz charity tosses with 16 seconds remaining had given LVC a 63-62 edge. Lebanon Valley led by as many as 11 points in the first half and 51-42 on a free throw from Schultz with 8:20 to go.
The loss ended Lebanon Valley’s season at 23-5. The Flying Dutchmen did not have a senior on their roster this year.
Medaille, a club out of New York which was making its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons, improved to 26-2.
With Lebanon Valley nurturing a 59-54 advantage late in the second half, Medaille ripped off six unanswered points to take a 60-59 lead, its first since early in the first half. A lay-up from point guard Andrea Hoover had given Lebanon Valley a 42-32 bulge five minutes into the second half.
Suzie Noyes and Schultz each tallied 14 points to lead the Flying Dutchmen attack, while Liz Borgia contributed 11 points to the Valley cause. Hoover, who battled foul difficulties throughout, finished with eight points and a lone assist.
A three-pointer from Noyes and a hoop by Lindsey Nies capped a 6-0 LVC run that gave it a 32-21 bulge with 2:58 of the first half remaining. The half ended with Lebanon Valley enjoying a 34-27 advantage.
Medaille outscored Lebanon Valley 27-12 from beyond the arc.